Just when you thought it couldn't get any murkier, comes word of a video tape supposedly of then state Senator Barack Obama at a farewell party held in honor of anti-Israel, radical Plestinian academic and activist Rashid Kahlidi as reported by breitbart.com.
The thing is, this is there is no way to verify the claim since the Losangeles Times refuses to release the video recording or transcrpits of the same! One would have to ask why??
Then-reporter Peter Wallsten (now with the Wall Street Journal) noted that the event was one of many signs that had encouraged Palestinian-Americans to believe "that Obama is more receptive to their viewpoint than he is willing to say." Wallsten explained:
Their belief is not drawn from Obama's speeches or campaign literature, but from comments that some say Obama made in private and from his association with the Palestinian American community in his hometown of Chicago, including his presence at events where anger at Israeli and U.S. Middle East policy was freely expressed.
At Khalidi's 2003 farewell party, for example, a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, "then you will never see a day of peace."
One speaker likened "Zionist settlers on the West Bank" to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been "blinded by ideology."
Wallsten claimed that Obama's own remarks at the Khalidi farewell "adopted a different tone...and called for finding common ground."